Sva Film And Video Essay Contest


Summer 2018 Program: Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 27, 2018

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Summer Pre-College is an intensive three-week program that provides the experience of attending art school in the heart of New York City. Students are immersed in their chosen field of study through unique studio projects and instruction from SVA’s award-winning faculty. Classes are taught Monday through Friday from 9am - 4pm and take place in SVA facilities. The program is further enhanced by a robust offering of evening and weekend chaperoned activities and events that take full advantage of the social and cultural life of New York City.

Pre-College is open to all students who are 14 - 18 years of age and will be enrolled in high school in Fall 2018. Approximately 400 students participate in the summer program and 200 students live in SVA housing. Students living in housing during the program must be mature, responsible and ready for the creative and personal freedom this program allows.

Students register for one course and will receive three college credits and a letter grade for the successful completion of the summer program.

Several alumni and faculty features screen as part of the U.S. Documentary Competition, with MFA Social Documentary Film particularly well represented. The Price of Everything delves into the motivating factors behind the art market, discussing with artists and collectors what happens when art becomes a rich person’s commodity. The doc includes interviews with artists Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter and Larry Poons; SVA faculty member Bob Richman is director of photography. Confronting another case of seemingly unfettered, often unscrupulous spending is Dark Money, which investigates the reach of corporate interests in politics. The film chronicles a grassroots opposition effort in Montana, which had prohibited corporate campaign financing until the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. Sandra Itäinen (MFA 2017 Social Documentary Film) serves as associate producer.

David Osit (MFA 2011 Social Documentary Film) acted as consulting editor for Crime + Punishment,a film that details the work of a group of minority whistleblower NYPD officers risking everything to expose racially discriminatory policing practices.

In the same competition program are Bennett Elliott and Robert Kolodny (both BFA 2010 Film and Video, Emmy winners and co-founders of House of Nod, their own Brooklyn-based production company), who respectively produce and provide additional cinematography for Bisbee '17. The film follows local residents of an old Arizona mining town as they collaborate with the filmmakers to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bisbee Deportation, in which 1,200 immigrant miners were violently taken from their homes. Elliott developed Bisbee '17 as a Producing Fellow at Sundance's 2017 Documentary Film Creative Producing Lab, and the film is directed by Robert Greene, with whom Elliott worked on a previous award-winning Sundance documentary.

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